Professional Competency Model

Skills that Bridge Graduate Research & Graduate Future(s)

Inspired leaders emerge at the intersection of graduate education and professional development.
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A comprehensive learning framework underpins our work. Informed by labor market research, peer benchmarking, graduate alumni feedback, and Princeton’s institutional priorities, these eight core competencies are differentiators that cultivate possibility.

Bill Gleason
“It’s exciting to see how many new initiatives and opportunities for graduate student professional development are emerging here on campus, in communication, teaching, leadership, wellness, career management, and other crucial areas. I very much hope this programming will continue to grow."

William A. Gleason, Hughes-Rogers Professor of English and American Studies

“I have made two large transitions in my career: from academia to business, and from large corporations to start-ups. Being open to new opportunities and always looking to build on my knowledge and skills have helped me tremendously with my career progression... Developing a breadth of skills (including soft skills) will help prepare one to be able to take on a wider range of opportunities that present themselves. More choices mean more possibilities for career advancement.” 

Kin Chung *97, MAT, Head of Credit, Zolve